Cooperative Program

/Cooperative Program
cp-header-logoThe Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of the missions and ministries of both the Alabama Baptist State Convention (SBOM) and the Southern Baptist Convention  (IMB, NAMB)

  • It presents a unified and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
  • It provides a long‐term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church budgets, it provide consistency and stability.
  • It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that “we can do more together than alone.”
  • The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced strategy.
  • It levels the playing field, and makes a place at the table for all churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel.

The History of the Cooperative Program

Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission —the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the “societal” approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns, and frequent emergency appeals which greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptist. Some entities took out loans to cover operating costs until pledges or special offerings were received.

In 1919, the leaders of the SBC proposed the 75 Million Campaign, a five‐year pledge campaign that, for the first time, included everything – the missions and ministries of all the state conventions as well as that of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though falling short of its goals, a God‐given partnership of missions support was conceived – The Cooperative Program. Since its launch in 1925, the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program has been dependent upon individuals, churches, state conventions, and SBC entities cooperating, working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person on the planet.


Missionary Staff
Jim Swedenburg – full bio
toll free 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283
direct 334-613-2283

Ministry Assistant –
Lori Lockett
toll free 1-800-264-1225, ext. 304
direct 334-613-2304

Free Cooperative Program Resources such as bulletin inserts, informational brochures, video clips, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, children’s resources, missionary moments, and other promotional materials are available at


Special Emphases

PowerPoint Presentations

These and all free resources on our Cooperative Program Resources website

I believe in the Cooperative Program because it works!

Since 1925, Southern Baptists have invested in financial cooperation rather than competition for Great Commission ministries. Countless lives have been touched and millions have come to know the Lord Jesus Christ because of faithful Southern [...]

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Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

I am a longtime pastor in the Alabama Baptist State Convention. I am at Sardis Baptist Church in Boaz. I have been serving as a pastor for almost 40 years. I have watched and participated in [...]

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Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

I have personally worked with ministries receiving support through the Cooperative Program in my metropolitan area, my county, my state, my country and seven other countries on continents ranging from South America to Eastern Europe [...]

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Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

As a baby boomer, I had the privilege of experiencing childhood and adolescence in the Bible Belt. Circlewood Baptist Church in Tuscaloosa played a massive role in providing a good foundation in faith and service. [...]

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Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

Eastern Shore Baptist Church supports the Cooperative Program because we believe in the Great Commission. The Cooperative Program provides an avenue for an ordinary church member to actively partner with missionaries at home and abroad. [...]

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Why I Believe in the Cooperative Program

On a shelf, right behind my desk, is a Bible given to me by my parents on my seventh birthday. On the front page of the Bible are several names of international missionaries who came [...]

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You and other Alabama Baptists’ gifts through the Cooperative Program last year equaled 6.9% of all the undesignated gifts to all 3,208 churches.

  • You supported over 8,800 missionaries around the world.
  • Exposed more than 44,000 college students to the Gospel through Baptist Campus Ministries events and groups.
  • You gave the largest dollar amount given by any state convention.
  • You gave the largest per capita gift of any state convention.
  • You gave 6.9% of undesignated receipts.

And much more!

Your 2018 Cooperative Program Budget  Distribution

Actual 2017 percentages are:

Up to the budgeted amount:

  • SBC Ministries 48%
  • Alabama Baptist Ministries 52%

Your church’s gifts through the Cooperative Program are distributed according to this formula as approved by the messengers at the Alabama Baptist Convention.

For a detailed accounting of where your church’s 2016 or 2017 gifts went;

or for a copy of the 2016 Cooperative Program budget, call Jim Swedenburg direct at 334-613-2283, toll free at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283 or email him at